BC Kyiv did not capture the FIBA Europe League title their fans had dreamt of but coach Renato Pasquali is anything but downbeat.
The Italian, whose team led 28-18 early in the second quarter on Thursday night before watching Dynamo St Petersburg fight back to claim an 85-74 win in Istanbul, said: "We built a good team this year.
Dynamo St Petersburg took a while to find their rhythm against BC Kyiv in Thursday's FIBA Europe League championship game but once they did, there was no stopping them.
David Blatt's team beat Kyiv 85-74 to capture the title in Istanbul.
BC Kyiv broke the hearts of Fenerbahce fans by beating the FIBA Europe League Final Four hosts 88-72 on Wednesday night to reach the title game.
Kyiv stormed out to an early 17-4 lead and romped to victory.
Argentinian forward Marcelo Nicola has plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead after helping BC Kyiv reach the FIBA Europe League Final Four and also stay in Ukraine's Superliga title hunt.
Indeed, the 33-year-old has so far repaid the trust given by the Ukraine giants, who signed the experienced player back in the summer.
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